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Martin J. Hatlie

Martin J. Hatlie is one of two recipients of the inaugural Michael Seres Humanitarian Award presented by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. He is president and chief executive officer of Project Patient Care in Chicago, IL, and co-director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety in Columbia, MD. A leader in patient safety throughout his career, he works as a consultant for US federal health system transformation projects funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.


Patients First: As a patient advocate, Hatlie focuses on litigation reform and on public and organizational policy development for patient safety. Mission: Raising awareness that preventable harm in healthcare is the third highest cause of death, and working to bring the voices and experience of patients and families into the development of solutions. His Tool Kit: The skills he honed as a civil rights attorney, malpractice defense litigator, lobbyist, and coalition-builder. Proud Moment Being an organizer of the first march for patient safety in Washington, DC, on 2020 World Patient Safety Day.